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  • "Vienna makes a play out of everything"

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    There’s a German saying that says “Vienna makes a play out of everything”, referring to the Viennese habit of making a big fuss out of everything. Of course, this also refers to Vienna’s extraordinary theater performances. Below, we offer you a display of Vienna’s theaters and a small description of each.

  • Burgtheater

    The Burgtheater is not only a building where you can watch plays, but due to its outstanding architectural beauty and its location opposite the city hall, it also counts as one of Vienna’s most majestic sights. The Burgtheater, built in 1874, is one of the first known theaters amongst German-speaking countries.  Before transforming the Burgtheater into an actual theater, it used to be a ballroom for the guests of the Hofburg. Responsible for the drawings on the ceiling, conveying scenes of plays from Shakespeare and Molière and portrayals from antique theatres, is none other than the famous artist Gustav Klimt. The facade of the Burgtheater is a masterpiece as well, decorated with mythological and literary sculptures like Apollo, the Muses, Bacchus and Ariadne.

    After being burned to the ground in WWII, it was rebuilt in 1955.


    Location:

    Across from the City Hall at Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien

  • Volkstheater

    The Volkstheater was built in 1889, with the purpose of becoming a theater for the bourgeoisie, in contrast to the imperial Hofburg. Under the rule of the nazis, it was completely rebuilt in 1939, who unfortunately got rid of valuable sculptures and decorations. Like the Burgtheater, it also got destroyed during WWII. After its renovation in 1945, it today has 500 seats less than it used to originally.


    Location:

    Near the Natural History Museum, the Art History Museum and the Museumsquartier at Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Wien


  • Akademietheater

    The Akademietheater, built in 1911, is being run by the Burgtheater since 1922, after the actors of the Burgtheater wished for a more intimate acting venue. Unlike the Burgtheater and the Volkstheater, the Akademietheater survived WWII undamaged. In  1974 and 1999 the Burgtheater underwent a renovation and was technically modernized.


    Location:

    Lisztstraße 1, 1030 Wien


  • Ronacher

    Similar to the Volkstheater, the Ronacher theater was built with the intention of being a theater for the public as opposed to the imperial theaters at the time. Therefore it even got the name “Wiener Stadttheater”, which translates to “Viennese city theater”. Unfortunately a couple of years after it was built in 1872, it was burned to the ground. Anton Ronacher, who brought the ruins back to life, transformed the theater into a classical venue. In the years after WWII, the Ronacher fulfilled its original purpose as it served as a replacement for the damaged Burgtheater. In the

    In the years after that the Ronacher, which had had a lot of ups and downs, became a part of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, a musical company that runs many theaters in Vienna. After undergoing many renovations and functional changes, the Ronacher became the mesmerizing theater we know today!


    Location:

    Not far from the Vienna State Opera and the famous Kärtner Strasse at Seilestätte 9, 1010 Wien

  • Raimund Theater

    Like the Ronacher, the Raimund Theater forms a part of the Vereinigte Bühnen Wien. In 1893, the Raimund Theater was known to be a suburban theater, welcoming the not-so-wealthy social class as an audience. In the beginning it would mostly showcase dialogues, but soon moved over to showcasing operettas, which were mainly responsible for the Raimund Theater’s rising fame. Only in the 80s, it started showcasing musicals as well. Since then, the Raimund Theater has also welcomed a broadway-show once, resulting in it becoming the leading musical show-venue in Vienna.

    Location:

    Wallgasse, 1060 Wien



  • Rabenhof Theater

    The Rabenhof theater is unlike any other theater in Vienna. Its showcasing of contemporary political satire and influences from pop culture, give it a unique, urban flair. However, the Rabenhof Theater wasn’t always a theater. Before being transformed into an Art-Deco theater, the Rabenhof Theater used to be a cinema and before that it was a gathering place for workmen in  WWII.

    So, not only does the Rabenhof Theater showcase diverse and daring performances, but its history is very divergent as well, as the building  served many different purposes throughout the years.


    Location:

    Rabengasse 3, 1030 Wien


  • Theater in der Josefstadt

    Theater in der Josefstadt has had a very modest start: it was built by the owners of a pub in 1788 to help increase their income. Later, the growing audience lead to an expansion of the building. The opening of the new theater was accompanied by a composition conducted by Ludwig van Beethoven himself. In 1924, the theater underwent another renovation, transforming it into a palatially place, making it an escape to the luxurious, imperial atmosphere of the past. Celebrities like Johann Nestroy, Ferdinand Raimund and Johann Strauss performed at the Theater in der Josefstadt.

    Today it is considered to be one of the most successful theater venues throughout the entire German-speaking region.

    Location:

    Josefstädter Straße 26, 1080 Wien



  • Other Theaters in Vienna are...

    Kammerspiele (run by Theater in der Josefstadt) | Theater Akzent  | Stadthalle (not typically a theater venue, but showcases plays amongst other performances)


    As you can see, Vienna offers a great deal on theater venues, where you can enjoy musicals, dialogues, plays, operettas, stand-up comedy, political satire, plays for children and many, many more!

    To purchase a ticket you can simply browse online, go to the theaters directly at the opening hours or go to the ticket stand right in front of the State Opera.